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A day in the life of: A woman in tech

Piriform has grown a lot in the past year. Our London team has grown from 10 at the end of 2014 to 30 and counting today. That's 200% growth! Over the last two years, 40% of our new hires have been women.

We could say we are a company actively trying to level the playing field but the reality is, we simply recruit the best person for the job, regardless of gender.

Like any business, we require a diverse range of skillsets so we have the necessary expertise to cover every function – from coding and development to marketing, legal and finance. As the notion of stereotypical ‘roles’ has diminished and gender equality broadens, we’ve found more and more that women possess skillsets which makes them suited to working in tech.

We are a company actively trying to make working in the tech industry appealing and rewarding – to everyone.

With that in mind, we wanted to know more about a day in the life of one of our integral new female hires, Nóra Tölgyesi.

What time does your alarm go off?

I get up around 5.30am every morning, get myself together and out of the door by 6.45am. I hit the gym for about 45-50 minutes before going to the office - sounds like a cliché but exercise gives me a lot of energy for the day ahead!

What are your main responsibilities?

I am responsible for data collection, usage and interpretation in the company. Of course, it doesn't mean nobody gets their hands data-dirty, but I try to help them understand data, draw conclusions and bring insights to the table. It has been a big buzzword in the recent years but being ‘data-driven’ makes you much smarter - your decisions can be backed up by facts instead of hunches. Hunches are great for brainstorming and thinking about new opportunities but the real ‘killer’ factor is data - it tells you immediately whether that hunch will work outside of the meeting room.

How did you get the role?

My friend works here and had told me how great the company is so I got in touch and was really excited when I read the job spec. I felt like it was written about me and just for me!

Did you always want to work in tech? How did you get involved?

I was always interested in technology. Prior to Piriform I worked in different industries but I have to tell you, this has been the most fun so far! Technology evolves every day and I love how much I learn every day. Plus, who doesn't love a new gadget, know about the latest news in the AI world and in general, be amazed by software engineers and the magic they do?

What does a typical day entail?

I work on both long term projects and ad hoc data requests, as well as doing lots of analysis when I find some numbers that are worth looking into. It is a great feeling when I see something nobody else has noticed before and can highlight how we can improve the business by focusing on certain pieces of the puzzle.

What is your most memorable work moment?

I don't think I can pick one. My best days are when I am the busiest. That is when I know I am doing a good job, as people trust me to help them with their work.

What is the worst part of the job?

I have been thinking about an answer here for 10 minutes now and I couldn't come up with anything so I guess there is no ‘worst’ part. :)

What is the best part of the job?

I love how I can never get bored in analytics. It's always different, has lots of challenges and excitement. It is a very serious field, I always have to be very focused. However, there are days when I create a new dashboard: those are my artistic days - love them!

What are your hobbies outside of the job?

I enjoy photography, board games and everything crafty - my favourites are crocheting and sewing.

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